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Bursting the Brussels bubble: Transparency in the EU under fire

Whether you’re a Europhile or a Eurosceptic, you’ll probably have heard the same criticisms of Europe: that it's too bound up with bureaucracy; a Brussels bubble with supposedly unelected officials calling the shots for half a billion people. Recently, the sceptics got some new ammunition - in the shape of the lightning-fast promotion of a lifelong civil servant called Martin Selmayr to one of the most powerful jobs in the EU.


On today's programme we’ll be finding out why so many lawmakers at the European Parliament are up in arms about this case, but also asking whether the critics might not have a point – and if European institutions across the board might not have some work to do... to make their work more transparent for ordinary citizens.

A programme presented by Catherine Nicholson

Produced by Isabelle Romero and Roxane Runel

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